Ecolink is a group in the Eastern Transvaal of South Africa, providing a variety of training courses and booklets. The workshops include literacy, environmental issues, bookkeeping and budgeting and solar cooking. Their resource centre produces environmental education resources for communities, schools and field workers. They are useful not just in South Africa but elsewhere.

Write and ask for a catalogue from EcoLink. Books must be paid for in rand or dollars.

PO Box 727, White River 1240, South Africa, Fax 01311 33287.

Filling the Gaps: Care and Support for People with HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire

This is No.10 in the Strategies for Hope series. It is the first book which is based on a Francophone country. It shows how people, communities and government agencies are mobilising to meet the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It gives case studies of people who provide counselling, care and training in the fight against AIDS.

Copies of the book are available free of charge to groups in Sub Saharan Africa unable to pay in foreign currency.

TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TX, UK.

Stepping Stones Training Package

This is a new training package about HIV /AIDS, gender issues, communication and relationship skills. It contains a 240 page manual and a 70 minute workshop video. It is aimed at Africa, though could be adapted for other cultures.

The materials are designed to help trainers and community leaders organise a series of workshop sessions for groups of 10–20 people. They will help people to explore their social, sexual and emotional needs and to communicate better within their relationships. The aim is to help communities to change their behaviour – as individuals and together – through the ‘stepping stones’ provided in the workshop sessions.

The manual is available in English and Luganda. Other language versions will shortly be available. For running workshops, the full set of manuals is recommended so that each group training has its own manual.

Groups unable to buy these materials who could put them to good use can write to request free copies. Please describe your organisation, your experience of training people in sensitive issues and how you would use Stepping Stones.

Please order the package or write to: TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts, AL1 5TX, UK.

Baygen ‘Freeplay’ radio

This is a new development – a clockwork radio. The Freeplay radio does not need batteries, solar panels or any other source of power. Twenty seconds of winding gives about 40 minutes of playing time. The radio is large, with a strong design and should last for many years without problems. It weighs 2.75kg and is 35cm long, 25cm high and 14cm deep. It gives a very strong volume, allowing a large group to listen together. It has three wavebands.

Please write and ask for further details from:

Baygen Agency, 6 White Horse Drive, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7LY, UK.

Family Counselling Groups


Following a very successful Family Congress in 1994, MAP are planning a second Family Congress in 1997. In the meantime, regional conferences are planned in Bolivia (July 1996) and Colombia (December 1996). For more information write to: MAP, Casilla 17-08-8184, Quito, Ecuador


EIRENE is an international, non profit organisation made up of Christian professionals dedicated to supporting the development and welfare of families in Latin America. It began in Ecuador but now has offices all over Latin America. It provides family counselling centres, training courses for counsellors and publishes a number of books and manuals. Write for more information to:

EIRENE, Casilla 85-86, Quito, Ecuador.


The article by Gladys Mwiti tells of the training courses provided by the Oasis Centre. They have also produced a number of very helpful counselling manuals:

Crisis Counselling – a manual for crisis counsellors

A Bible Study Guide

The KAIROS – notes for Rwandan pastors

The Youth Counsellor’s Manual – soon to be published

Oasis Counselling Centre, PO Box 76117, Nairobi, Kenya